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  • Across the congressional divide

    In some places, Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District and Kansas’ “Big First” are about 100 miles apart.  Politically, they are at opposite ends of the universe. This divide makes the “fiscal cliff,” gun control, abortion rights, and other issues very .

  • Israeli jet strike raises the stakes

    Dale R. Herspring Contributing Writer It did not take a genius to realize that something was brewing in Israel a couple of weeks ago. First came Israel’s redeployment of two Iron Dome anti-missile batteries from the southern part of .

  • Mixing drought’s good, bad news Jimsuber2

    Some good things happen in droughts, the folks who tend to like their weather dry are quick to report. It’s true only up to a point, which is when there is no water to be had and none in .

  • ‘Pay-go’ rules serve Kansas well

    Families on a budget under-stand: spend more than you earn and you incur debt.  Excessive debt is crippling, yet governments often struggle with that basic concept. The federal government can tell you from experience. It’s easy to spend .

  • News that’s fit for head scratchin’ Jimsuber2

    Sometimes we are left just scratchin’ our heads. For example, an economist in Missouri recently reported that the average hog sold in 2012 lost $12. Yet, my wife can report that bacon has done nothing but go up in price at the .

  • Getting better is our purpose

    The Manhattan Ogden Board of Education has been questioned in the Mercury recently for giving consideration to changing the schedule at Manhattan High School. I welcome the comments and involvement by anyone interested in education and the success of our .

  • North Korea responds to sanctions

    North Korea is predictable in one sense: When it feels that its national interests are threatened, it tends to strike out. This is what it did again after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Jan. 22 condemning the .

  • Ready, willing and qualified

    In April, we will be voting for three open City Commission seats. I urge you to get to know your candidates and to make a wise choice… one that best represents your views and positions on the issues. I hope .

  • Do what’s best for students

    I read earlier this month in the Topeka Capital Journal that Topeka’s major high schools are lowering the number of credits needed for graduation. Now Topeka West is resisting a similar change. Why? The schools are moving from eight-hour .

  • Too fast for ‘old fogey’ Jimsuber2

    Did I read that interview in the political newsletter by the Hawver company right? Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise the speed limit on the Kansas Turnpike to 85 miles an hour between Topeka and Wichita in order to attract more .

  • Issues in Mali are extremely complicated

    After doing some research on Mali, it is clear to me that the issues there are more complex than just the French vs. Islamic radicals. It’s also evident that situation could have a major impact on not only that .

  • Apology welcome, long overdue

    Apologies have become passé. Apologizing takes humility and respect, two traits severely lacking in today’s society. That’s what makes an apology from a genuinely contrite individual all the more appreciated. It is hard to admit you are wrong. .


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